October 19, 2013

Women's Tennis Wraps Up Play at NEWITTs

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team completed play at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers were led by the duo of junior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.), who reached the quarterfinals of the Chris Davis 'B' Bracket for the second consecutive year.

Ferraro and Paolino opened the day with a 3-0 second-round victory over the team of juniors Carolyn Zimmer (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Katie Hawkins (Anguilla, British West Indies)  of Trinity College. After winning 8-1 in doubles, Ferraro claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win over Zimmer while Paolino cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hawkins.

Unfortunately, their run ended in the quarterfinal round with a 3-0 loss to sophomore Sarita Biswas (Bedford, Mass.) and senior Roberta Bergstein (Hingham, Mass.) of Brandeis. After falling 8-4 in doubles, Ferraro was beaten 6-2, 6-1 by Biswas and Paolino fell 6-1, 6-4 to Bergstein.

In consolation action, junior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year Sarah Calmas (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) scored a 2-1 win over senior Zehra Khan (Lahore, Pakistan) and first-year Whitney Schott (Forest Hills, N.Y.) of Mount Holyoke College. After claiming an 8-3 win in doubles, Fischer helped to secure the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Khan in singles play.

Junior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) saw their weekend come to an end with a 3-0 loss at the hands of first-years Conner Calabro (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Jacqueline Baum (Highland Park, Ill.) of Tufts. After falling doubles, Weick won the opening set against Baum, but couldn't hold on, dropping a 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) decision. Freeman lost 6-4, 6-1 to Calabro.

Babson, which is seeded fourth in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, will return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they play host to fifth-seeded Mount Holyoke in a quarterfinal match at 3 p.m. The winner will advance to the conference tournament semifinals on Saturday and a date with top-seeded MIT.

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